Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


We're looking forward to the education conversation

We're looking forward to the education conversation.

The Industry Training Federation welcomes the government's three-year work programme for education announced today, and looks forward to engaging with the government in its wide-ranging summit process.

Industries rely on the education system delivering the skills and adaptability that people will need to thrive in a changing world of work, no matter which pathway through the system they follow.

Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) arrange workplace-based education and training for 105,000 trainees and 43,000 apprentices - gaining qualifications on-the-job in industries across the economy.

"We applaud Minister Hipkins' 'end-to-end' vision and his proposal to bring the entire sector together. We need to get down to core purpose and first principles, especially where different parts of the education system connect." ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams says.

Employers have serious concerns about the lack of foundation skills demonstrated by some school leavers, as evidenced recently by the international PISA report showing the maths skills of New Zealand 15 year-olds in 'accelerated decline'.

“This must be reversed. Maths - or at least functional numeracy - is an essential underpinning skill for any young person looking for a successful future in the industries we represent. We must ensure young people are gaining core foundation skills to support their success in later life and work, and we need a national effort to sort it across the system" Mr Williams says.

The work programme includes a review of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) sector, as part of a wider review of vocational education. As skills leaders for their industries, ITOs are concerned that regional technical and vocational institutions remain high quality and sustainable.

"New Zealand's vocational education system is far from broken and is the envy of many other countries." Mr Williams says. "However there are longstanding policy issues that need to change so that industry gets the right skills, education and training pathways articulate across the system, and collaboration between vocational providers and the industry training sector is supported and incentivised."

ITOs also see opportunity through this work programme to improve the provision of careers advice, build the credibility of NCEA, and expand dual training programmes between schools and workplaces as a core option in senior secondary education.

"We strongly agree with the Minister’s desire to work collaboratively, and to take a life-long learning approach to the Education portfolio. We look forward to working closely with the government and our colleagues across the education sector on this critically important work programme" Mr Williams says.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Preview: Your Heart Looks Like A Vagina By Dominic Hoey

Dominic Hoey’s one-man show Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina, is a dark comedy about the joys of living with autoimmune disease. This one man show will bring together Dominic Hoey’s long career as a performance poet and writer and the experimental theatre experience of Director Nisha Madhan.. More>>

Let The Games Begin: PM Sends Best Wishes To Athletes

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent her warm wishes to the New Zealand athletes preparing for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast... More>>


Scoop Review of Books: Martin Edmonds' The Expatriates

This book is an extension of, and tribute to, the life’s work of James McNeish. Without sacrificing any degree of authorial independence, the result is gracefully written, handsomely produced, and likely to propagate many further works of its kind. More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. More>>

Joe Cederwall Review: WOMAD 2018 - Harmony of Difference (part 1)

A friend described WOMAD as his “favourite white middle class celebration of diversity.” There is certainly an echo of truth to this as the crowd is still largely white and middle class, but this WOMAD for me represented that a better world is possible ... More>>

Harmony of Difference (part 2)

Top international world music artists seldom make it down to this neck of the woods, so for those of us into this sort of thing WOMAD is certainly a welcome addition to the cultural calendar. Now it is a case of waiting and looking forward to seeing what they manage to conjure up for next year. More>>

Howard Davis Review: A Bigger Splash - Te Papa Celebrates Twenty Years

Considering the available resources, this is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair, mainly due to some highly questionable curatorial decisions. In their overweening wish to "push boundaries," Charlotte Davy and Megan Tamati-Quennell have made a number of serious miscalculations by ignoring a basic rule - keep it simple. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland